I got this e-mail this morning from my mother.
Well, it took me about ten seconds to know this was a scam. My parents were vacationing in Florida and it wasn’t like them to go traipsing off to Wales without telling anyone. Also the wording is a bit strange – I really doubt my mother, who’s in her late 70s, would ever say “England sucks.” And the wording is very awkward.
I called them to warn them (Yes, they were in Florida). Then I replied to the e-mail, asking where I should send the money.
I got a reply with an address.
I e-mailed back saying I couldn’t get that much money together. Would $1000 be enough?
I got a reply that that would be a big help.
Meanwhile, my father logged on to their account and discovered his address book had been deleted. I got in touch with AOL and got information on how to contact their security department. My father got online with them and told him that, two people were logged in – my father and someone else. My father logged off and they locked out the other person.
I was still getting replies from them an hour after I got the first message. My next step would have been to tell them, “I sent the money,” but neglect to give them the information they’d need to pick it up.
My parents have been getting calls and e-mails asking about what happened to them in Wales. Luckily, I don’t think anyone sent any money.